Overview

Applicants
217
Acceptance Rate
55%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.33
Years Work Experience
10.5
Average Age
30

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
510 - 640
GPA
2.96 - 3.58

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
November 15

Regular Application Deadline
May 1

Rolling Admission Deadline
September 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Work Experience

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
5:1
Total Faculty
77

50
Part-time
50
Full-time
22
Female


Students Say

Taking a cue from its progressive environs in Portland, Oregon, Portland State University offers an MBA program with a "focus on sustainability" and an emphasis on "personal development as a leader." Offering more than your standard MBA, "this school is committed to the whole student," and "creativity, along with sustainable, equitable solutions, are promoted, even prized." Throughout the hefty seventy-four-credit curriculum, you'll never lose sight of the school's core values: "PSU also works hard to integrate sustainability into most aspects of the curriculum, from core classes to elective offerings." The MBA includes plenty of required coursework (as well as required hands-on projects), yet electives give students the opportunity to tailor their education. In fact, "the wide latitude given to students to pursue their studies in a multi-disciplinary manner" is a trademark of PSU's graduate program. SBA has several Graduate Certificates for students, including: Social Innovation, Global Supply Chain, and Business Intelligence & Analytics.

Thanks to its strong reputation and enviable Portland location, PSU can "attract and retain an extremely high-quality faculty roster." On the whole, "professors are informed, enlightened educators as well as experts in their respective fields." Despite overall excellence, students say there are a few instructors who "seem unprepared, disorganized, and unclear on what they're supposed to be teaching us." The local community also plays an important role in the PSU experience. "Portland is truly at the center of this nation's move toward sustainability," and therefore, "being in Portland is a huge plus—there's so much sustainable business thinking and practice here that it's easy to see in the field what I learn in school." A student adds, "I have been introduced to and met with many people that are driving regional and national movements on the cutting edge of sustainability."

PSU is a large school, but you won't get lost in the crowd. Despite its 400-plus enrollment, "The SBA manages by breaking up [its] graduate studies into discrete cohorts and providing a concrete plan of study for each. There's never much doubt what you should be doing, yet there is flexibility should you need it." Depending on your schedule, the school offers several program options. For full-time students, "MBA cohort classes are four hours long one day a week from about [noon] until four," while part-time students "typically go to class two to three evenings a week." Though students say the business school's classrooms could use a refresh, (a major renovation will be complete in September 2017), "the academic resources are great." For example, "the library has done a lot of work to make research as easy as possible, even for those of us who are only on campus a couple times a week."



Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Required

Description
Core business courses are built on a value system that ensures the long-term viability of social, environmental, and economic system. An example includes: Sustainable Operations Management Introduction to the concepts and analytic methods that are useful in understanding the management of a firm's operations and supply chain. The aim of the course is to (1) familiarize students with the basic language, concepts, insights and tools of operations and supply chain management, (2) demonstrate principles and methods for integrating sustainability into an organization using concepts such as the Toyota Production System, cradle-to-cradle principles, green procurement, and life cycle analysis, and (3) explore the relationship between sustainable supply chains and local and global economies in terms of environmental impact and social contribution.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
http://www.pdx.edu/sustainability/iss

School's environmental commitment 1:
Founded in 2010 in Portland State University's School of Business Administration, Impact Entrepreneurs is unleashing the promise of business for social impact. We are a network of individuals and organizations committed to fostering economic, social, and ecological prosperity through entrepreneurial action. Working with partners locally and globally, we deliver initiatives that strengthen organizations, build entrepreneurial impact-focused leaders, and catalyze social innovation. PSU's School of Business was selected as the best small MBA program in the world by the Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes rankings for integrating sustainability in business. PSU is also a member of the prestigious Ashoka U Changemaker Campus consortium.

School's environmental commitment 2:
The School of Business Administration will open its Karl Miller Center in Fall 2017. A state-of-the-art LEED Platinum facility will continue to attract and serve top talent from around the world. The project will triple the size of the business school while cutting its carbon footprint by 50%.

School's environmental commitment 3:
The PSU School of Business Administration is a leader in supply chain management education, one of the first schools to offer closed-loop education.

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
$69,313
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
85%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
45%
Graduate Facilitated
36%
School Facilitiated
19%
Unknown

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

20%
Marketing
20%
Operations/Logistics
20%
Consulting
20%
Other
10%
General Management
10%
Finance/Accounting

Graduates Employed by Region

82%
West
18%
International

Students Say

The largest business school in the state, the School of Business Administration maintains "powerful connections to the Portland-area business community." Within the business school itself, faculty and administrators are "are ultra-accessible and always willing to provide career advice or introduce you to people they know in the business commu- nity." In addition, PSU has "a good alumni network" throughout the state of Oregon. Drawing on its deep ties in the Portland community, the academic experience at PSU is augmented by various professional development activities, like expert panel discussions, alumni networking events, and a mentorship program. At the same time, students note that career services are not as robust as they'd like. While the school affords them many opportunities, "students are expected to leverage other offerings, such as mentoring pro- grams, informational interviews, etc." Companies that have partnered with PSU through the mentor program, as student project partners, or as employers include Damier Trucks, N.A., Nike, Tektronix, Hitachi Consulting, Intel Finance, and Hanna Andersson. The average starting salary for full-time PSU students is about $65,320.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 20% $95,000 $95,000 $95,000 $95,000
Marketing / Sales 20% $56,500 $56,500 $48,000 $65,000
Operations / Logistics 20% $65,000 $65,000 $36,000 $94,000
Other 20% $68,000 $68,000 $68,000 $68,000
Finance / Accounting 10% $78,500 $78,500 $78,500 $78,500
General Management 10% $70,000 $70,000 $70,000 $70,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 30% $71,500 $71,500 $48,000 $95,000
Manufacturing 20% $73,250 $73,250 $68,000 $78,500
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 20% $67,500 $67,500 $65,000 $70,000
Consumer Products 10% $94,000 $94,000 $94,000 $94,000
Non-profit 10%
Other 10%

Prominent Alumni

Gary Ames
former President/CEO, U.S. West

Gerry Cameron
retired Chairman of the Board, U.S. Bancorp

Scott Davis
Chief Executive Officer, UPS

Larry Huget
President/COO, ESCO Corp

J. Greg Ness
President/COO, StanCorp Financial Group

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1

Financial Aid Statistics


Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$37,180
Tuition (Out-State)
$45,574
Fees (In-State)
$2,478
Fees (Out-State)
$2,478

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$604
Tuition (Out-State)
$736
Fees (In-State)
$36
Fees (Out-State)
$36

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$12,000
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$12,000
Academic Expenses
$2,300

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
160
Part Time
56%


Demographics

34.00%
Minorities
35.00%
International

49% female
51% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Friendly and down-to-earth, PSU students "defy the typical business school stereotype of sharkish students dying to get ahead." A current student observes, "While I expected to enter B-school with a bunch of traders and bankers, I was surprised to find a group of students that shared my, and Portland's, sensibilities regarding the world, and who are looking forward to showing the world that businesspeople are not only out to bring down the financial system en route to earning billions." Although there is a general interest in sustainability and ethics, at PSU you'll meet students from a "wide range" of backgrounds. As such, there are "a variety of activities to participate in regardless of your industry," and, on campus, there are lots of resources for a diverse student body— including "several childcare centers."

In both the full-time and part-time MBA program, many "people come to class and then go home," without making time for clubs or student groups. However, most students are involved in school-related activities outside of class, such as "internships, networking opportunities, and even…regular community service." In addition, many students are "open to meet after class or on weekends to socialize." Thanks to PSU's "vibrant urban location" in downtown Portland, students enjoy everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer, including plenty of "good food and coffee locations close by."


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Laura Bald
Admissions Manager, Graduate Business Programs

Address
615 SW Harrison St
SBA
Portland, OR 97201
United States

Phone
503-725-8001

Fax
503-725-5850

Email
97223


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